Post by Old Man Dream on Sept 10, 2021 21:29:30 GMT
This third season of Psycho-Pass features the Public Safety Bureau getting entangled in crimes involving acts of anti-immigration terrorism as the Sibyl System opens up Japanese borders to allow in immigrants fleeing their war-torn countries, while a secret criminal organization exploits the anti-immigrant sentiments to stir chaos within parts of Japan that migrants live in for their personal benefit. At the same time, the Bureau gets new Inspectors in the form of Mentalist Arata Shindo and Russian immigrant Kei Mikhail Ignatov.
The focus on immigration with this season of Psycho-Pass offers some interesting world-building exploration within this season of the franchise. The film follow-up to Psycho-Pass 2 dabbled into the Sibyl System wanting to extend its influence outside Japan and this third season explores the effects this has on Japan with immigration getting divided reception among the country's populace since Japan was initially isolated from the world following the Sibyl System's formation. This gets explored through the actions taken in political and religious circles within Japan in some of the cases the Public Safety Bureau get involved in. The mysterious criminal organization, Bifrost, exploits the hostilities between the Japanese populace and immigrants through manipulating factions within Japanese society and appears to make bets on the outcomes of schemes that they plot to stir up chaos. The anti-immigrant sentiment is also explored through Ignatov's character as he and his wife deal with some of this discrimination and being roped into Bifrost's plots later into the series.
Arata's character makes for an interesting contrast to how many in the Public Safety Bureau perceive their situation with his lively and carefree personality considering how dark story developments often can get in Psycho-Pass. But a unique trait he brings into the series is his ability to do a Mental Trace, where he makes use of his high empathic mental state to cross into another person's state of mind that proves beneficial to solving cases throughout the season often at the cost of physical and mental trauma of the person utilizing the ability. This usually adds an element of suspense to the series as Arata's Mentral Tracing often has him experiencing the physical and mental trauma of criminals and victims within cases he is investigating and he'll usually unconsciously make use of the ability when off any cases. This usually leads Kei or other Enforcers to have to rein in Arata to keep him from risking self-harm from his tracing.
Outside of the main plot, Psycho-Pass 3 also takes some time to explore how characters from earlier seasons of the franchise are faring away from the Public Safety Bureau, with Yayoi getting a good deal of focus as a supporting character at points. It was a bit concerning to see what had happened with Akane considering her character's resolve from earlier seasons and the series not devoting much time to exploring how she winded up in said circumstances with the developments she underwent. Hopefully, there is some sort of movie or OVA that could be made at some point to explore what led to such a fall from grace for her.
Besides Akane, I do have some other gripes. There isn't much dabbled into too deeply regarding elements of Bifrost's formation such as the technology behind their manipulations, how the organization formed in spite of the Sibyl System's presence, and how their members came about with wanting to be involved with the organization. Plus, this season does end inconclusively with Bifrost still at large and the loyalty of one major character being in question. But this would be minor considering there is a follow-up movie for Psycho-Pass 3, First Inspector, that I plan to dabble into at some point to see how things progress with the anime's story.
In short, Psycho-Pass 3 makes for mostly solid continuation of the franchise with its dabbling into immigration how this affects some of the major characters within the series. It has some issues with properly fleshing out elements to its story and character developments. But I admit the storytelling from this season still interests me enough where I'm tempted to get into First Inspector at some point.
Rating: 8 of 10
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Taka: Never saw the original. I should after seeing the other one. People said Blood+ was the better one.
Oct 8, 2021 3:23:33 GMT
Old Man Dream: Look on Tubi. The whole series is up on it and yes, it's the best of the Blood anime that have been made. The movie adaptation, Blood: The Last Vampire, and later spinoff, Blood-C, don't hold a candle to it.
Oct 8, 2021 9:32:37 GMT
Master Menos: Seen them all actually, and I loved Blood+ the best, too. Would totally re-watch.
Oct 8, 2021 14:27:06 GMT
Taka: I remember watching Devils' Line. I can't remember any issues I had. I have to look at my comments.
Oct 13, 2021 2:07:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: One of those familiar vampire stories in a modern setting where the male lead hates himself because of his vampiric nature and is in love with a human woman. The execution of the whole story is pretty clumsy and from what I gather, the anime is...
Oct 13, 2021 9:20:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...rushing through 40 chapters of manga material to fit into 12 anime episodes. Definitely shows with how quickly it's creaming through events, with the main couple being bland between angsty male vampire and the human female devoted to him.
Oct 13, 2021 9:21:50 GMT
Old Man Dream: Besides that plot, said male lead's involved with a secret government agency tasked with controlling vampires that give into their bloodlust.
Oct 13, 2021 9:22:42 GMT
Old Man Dream: And adding more insult to injury, the new Injustice animated movie is a big mess.
Oct 14, 2021 1:39:37 GMT
Taka: I read through my comments. Bloodlust and rapes along with innuendos. The romance I never mentioned of - with the details you mentioned - I remembered now it was pretty bad.
Oct 14, 2021 4:39:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: I'm thankfully pretty far in the series. Just have 3 more episodes, which I should get taken care of by tomorrow evening. Kind of regret thinking this would be a good title to dabble into for Halloween.
Oct 14, 2021 9:17:57 GMT
Taka: Didn't catch the Injustice movie. Waiting for it to be digitally available. That's a shame.
Oct 15, 2021 1:57:55 GMT
Old Man Dream: The movie got leaked online a week early before its release date. The negative reception to it, especially with how regarded the comic book and video game versions of Injustice are, got me curious to see how bad it was. I won't spoil things unlike most...
Oct 15, 2021 9:18:08 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...folks are unfortunately doing. But I'll just say that it both tries cramming too much into an 80-minute film and alters things rather heavily compared to the game and comics.
Oct 15, 2021 9:19:07 GMT
Taka: That is a shame considering they split Long Halloween into two parts. I guess with Injustice, you are appealing to 3 groups: the video game folks, the comic book folks, and then the new fans.
Oct 16, 2021 5:59:49 GMT
Old Man Dream: It sounds like you're assuming the games and comics run separate stories. The video game series serves as the main story of the franchise, while the comics serve as prequel or interquel to expand on and fill in the details on events that weren't...
Oct 16, 2021 12:33:54 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...elaborated on within the video games.
Oct 16, 2021 12:36:18 GMT